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The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys Hardcover – May 26, 2009
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In this rather brief book, Pizzichini gives us a sympathetic, tactful biography of Rhys, who was born in Domenica, British West Indies, on August 24, 1890, as Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother of Scottish descent. Of course, as history makes clear to us, and Pizzichini emphasizes, the term "white Creole," for a family that had been in the West Indies for generations, was somewhat misleading.Read more ›
I usually know what I want to say about a book I was so immersed in and so recently (I finished it last night). But it's hard to say right now why I found this biography such a page turner.
I'll try to say what I loved: The descriptions of Jean at various stages of life, starting in the magical Dominica and then to London, Paris, Vienna, Holland and back to London were told without a spare word. You are there with Jean Rhys. Which leads me to the second wonderful thing about the writer, she does not intrude. She is not pretending to be Jean Rhys but she is giving us Ms. Rhys in all her ever-changing complexity so that when we re-read or read Rhys novels we know where she was and what her mind was focused on that fed her writing.
But for a third reason, I find it as yet impossible to describe. Pizzichini just writes so well that there is a mysterious something that makes this book really hard to put down. One the the best biographies I've ever read. Thanks L.P.
PS I wrote this review many moons ago. It wasn't put under this book for reasons I don't understand but I wanted to add my voice to the other two.
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jim carroll had written:
"twilight is filled only with red taillights moving away to bridges and tunnels"
and such was the life of Rhys after the shock of the... Read more